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150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment
CSA Command – General Brian Gesuero

To my fellow reenactors,

I have spent the last week reflecting on my 5 days at the 149th Gettysburg Reenactment. Having command of the Southern Forces at such a paramount event is such a responsibility in itself but given the oppressing heat we were faced with, the tasks at hand were incredible. I can tell you that with the unsurpassed cooperation from General Baldwin, the Federal Commander and the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, we were able to take measures everyday to ensure the safety of our people and our horses. Some of these measures included having ice and water along our march routes, shuttles from the battlefield back to camp, areas of shelter in the woods with ice and water, people misters and a horse washing station. I think these changes were well received by the troops and made a significant positive difference in the outcome of the event.

There was plenty of fighting for all branches. I think that each time the infantry left the field we were close to running out of ammunition, which is always a good thing! Our artillery was up against the crowd several times, showcasing their skills up close and personal for the spectators. The cavalry had plenty of fight time as well, especially on Sunday when they incorporated 2 horse drawn ambulances and artillery into the scenarios.

Overall, cooperation was fantastic on all levels throughout the weekend. We have had nothing but positive remarks from those in attendance, both reenactors and spectators. There is no doubt that the weekend was a huge success.

I plan to use the experiences I had at Gettysburg this year to make next year’s event even better. The ability to think outside the box and to be ready to improvise, adapt and overcome is essential to making an event a success. I can assure you that I will do everything possible to make our event successful for each and every reenactor.

We have nothing but anticipation as we begin to prepare for the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment next year.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

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It is an honor for me to serve as the Commander of the Southern Forces. With an ever increasing passion for history, I began a career in our hobby of reenacting in 1980. I served in the Infantry for many years. Then in 1993, I incorporated my love for horses and riding into reenacting by joining a cavalry unit. Soon thereafter I was asked to serve as, and accepted the position of, a staff officer for General Don Patterson of the Army of Northern Virginia. I have since served on the staffs of General Patterson, 1st Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, General Clark, 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia and General Bair, 1st Legion, Provisional Army of the Confederate States. In my career to date, I have been a company commander, Assistant Adjutant, Adjutant, Chief of Couriers, Aide-de-Camp, Chief of Staff and now General in command of the 1st Legion, Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS). I hope that my many years of reenacting and varied experiences will help to make this reenactment, of such a pivotal point in our American history, a success for the reenacting community and the public alike.



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Last update 7/16/12